Halloween Road Trip Destinations

The Fall is a beautiful time to take a road trip, and with Halloween just around the corner, why not combine them? There are hundreds of Halloween inspired events happening all over the country this month, but it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the trip. Here are our top choices for Halloween road trip destinations.

-Eastern State Penitentiary, Terror Behind The Walls

Eastern State is not only one of the country’s most historic prisons, it is also one of the most haunted. It was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but today its ruins offer a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and guard towers. While in operation, it housed some of the most notorious criminals. Now it’s a museum by day, and America’s largest haunted house by night. https://www.easternstate.org/

 

-West Hollywood Halloween Carnival

The self-proclaimed “largest Halloween street party in the world,” rivals New York’s Village parade in terms of eccentricity. There is entertainment in the form of stage performers and of course, people watching. The Carnival is located on Santa Monica Blvd. between Doheny Dr. and La Cienega Blvd. from 6pm-11pm on Halloween. https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/halloween-carnaval/

 

-Salem, Massachusetts

Salem is known for the witch trials that took place in the late 1600’s, resulting in a number of innocent people being executed on charges of witchcraft. The town pays tribute its storied history all year, but come Halloween time, there’s nowhere else like it. There are haunted houses, special events at the Witch Museum, the House of Seven Gables, and the Witch House, along with street performers, parades, and costume balls. https://hauntedhappenings.org/

 

-Sleepy Hollow, NY/Village Halloween Parade

Sleepy Hollow is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the world, so it is definitely a perfect place to visit around Halloween. They have cemetery tours, haunted hayrides, festivals, the Great Jackolantern Blaze, and more. Maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of the headless horseman searching for his replacement head.

http://visitsleepyhollow.com/halloween-in-sleepy-hollow/

And while you’re in the area (Sleepy Hollow is just 30 miles outside of NYC), check out the Village Halloween parade, http://halloween-nyc.com/.

Wherever you’re headed this Fall, keep yourself, your belongings and your vehicle safe. Follow our road trip tips (http://911tracker-blog.com/family-road-trip-tips/, http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/)  for a smooth ride, and check out our current specials to protect your car.

The T3 and Your Vehicle’s Warranty

The T3 Tracker is a one-of-a-kind anti-theft and tracking device with capabilities no other product on the market has. We get questions daily about the T3, what it does, and how it works. But recently we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how installing a T3 on your vehicle will affect the vehicle’s warranty. The good news is, it won’t.

By law, any properly installed and functioning aftermarket system, including a security or remote start system, will not void a vehicle’s warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1975 was passed to protect consumers from dealerships insisting that only their authorized parts and labor were covered under their warranty, and that if a dealership deemed a product unauthorized, it would void the warranty.

Keep in mind though, that if you start tearing up wiring and drilling unnecesary holes, then a warranty issue could arise. So make sure that you seek help from a professional installer when adding an aftermarket system or product to your vehicle. And to make this process even easier for you, you can purchase your T3 from one of our qualified partner dealers.

With a T3 Tracker safely, and correctly, installed on your vehicle, you will have peace of mind in knowing that if your car makes an unauthorized movement you will be notified immediately. If someone steals your car, the T3 will send a message to you. Once you receive that message, you verify that there is in fact an issue, and then you can call the T3 and the 911 operator nearest the vehicle. The T3 will provide the owner and the 911 operator with the real time location of the vehicle and the direction it is heading in so law enforcement can help stop the crime in progress.

Not only will your vehicle be protected by its warranty, but it will be safe thanks to the T3. For more information on the T3 Tracker visit our website (https://www.911tracker.com/), or give us a call at 877-744-3361.

TECH TIP: When the T3 owner has contacted police about the theft of their vehicle, the owner can send a secure message to the T3 to disable the vehicle starter and help police catch the thief.

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

If you were to break down on the side of the road, would you be prepared? If you have a T3 Tracker you can send your coordinates to family or a friend so that they can easily send help. But what about while you’re waiting for help to arrive? Do you have supplies to keep yourself safe?

We recommend keeping the following items in your car in case of emergency.

-First Aid Kit

-Flashlight with batteries

-Quart of oil

-Rag

-Water

-Protein Bars

-Duct Tape

-Jumper Cables

-Blanket

-Matches

Emergency preparedness kits come in all shapes and sizes. You can always add more, but we wouldn’t recommend starting with anything less than the items listed above.

Some other items you may want to consider adding are:

-Flares

-Hand Warmers

-Sunscreen

-Phone Charger

-Basic Tools

-Change of clothes

-Poncho

-Gloves

Is there anything we haven’t mentioned that you think should be included in an emergency kit?

TECH TIP: The T3 owner can add, change, or delete the phone numbers for their authorized emergency contacts at anytime.

 

Parking Lot Safety Tips

We know it can be difficult to get all of your errands and shopping done during daylight hours, which oftentimes means you’re walking to and from your car in the dark. Parking lots can be a bit scary at night so we want to make sure you’re using the correct precautions, as well as point out some T3 features you may not know about.

  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 14% of all vehicle collisions resulting in damage happen in parking lots, so be aware of other drivers.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians.
  • Avoid parking in dark, secluded areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, go back into the store you just left and ask for help.
  • Always lock your car doors as soon as you get in.
  • If you are going to multiple stores, be sure to keep shopping bags and other valuables out of site. You don’t want to make your car look more appealing to thieves.

When going from place to place, it can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly where you parked. By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you can find the exact location of your car with a tap on the app. You’ll never have to wander through the parking lot looking for your car again.

The T3 will also protect your car by notifying you immediately if your car makes an unauthorized movement or a factory installed alarm is triggered. This will give you a chance to contact 911 as soon as possible with the gps coordinates of your vehicle and the direction it is traveling.

Other helpful features of the T3:

  • You can check the location, speed, and direction of your vehicle anytime you want.
  • In the event of an emergency, you can contact the 911 operator closest to your vehicle even if you’re thousands of miles away.
  • You can unlock your doors with a simple text.
  • There is no activation fee, no contracts, and no cancellation fees.
  • The T3 offers complete privacy. With your secret pin you have complete control over your account. All account information is sent via text between the T3 and your cell phone, but only when you request it. It is never stored or sent via the internet.

Follow these tips to keep yourself, and your vehicle safe. For more information on the T3 and its capabilities, visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.

TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call.  The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.

Good Guys Car Show Recap

For the 5th year in a row, 911tracker hosted a booth at the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals Car Show, a 3-day show in Pleasanton, CA.

It is always a wonderful time to connect with fellow enthusiasts like ourselves and inform everyone about the T3 and all of its capabilities.

One of the best things about the Good Guys Car Show is getting to experience the thousands of amazing and beautifully cared for rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier.

 

It is also a great place to visit tons of vendors and exhibits and give away a few T3s.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to the show, don’t worry! Our Summer Special is still available — just visit https://www.911tracker.com/products

2017 Good Guys West Coast Car Show

Are you going to the Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals Car Show August 25, 26, and 27? The 3-day show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA features thousands of rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier. America’s most beautiful street rod will be crowned and spectators can enjoy a Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, numerous displays, live entertainment, and a kids zone complete with arts & crafts, games, prizes, and free make and takes. Share your love of cars with the family!

There will also be a number of vendor and manufacturer exhibits, including a 911Tracker booth for the 5th year in a row. Make sure you stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the T3 Tracker and all of its capabilities. We are located at #188 Building A. This is the same spot as last year!

For details and ticket/registration information you can find it on the Good Guys Website https://www.good-guys.com/wcn-2017.

 

Car Show Etiquette

Summer is one of the best times to head out to car shows, but if you’ve never taken your classic car to a show before, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to date on car show etiquette before you do. Depending on the type of show, on top of etiquette, there are some other things you may need to know. National shows are huge- most will require you to register your vehicle, and some will charge a fee. For many smaller regional or local shows you can just show up and park without registering or paying a fee, but it is always best to get all of the information ahead of time so you can be prepared.

Once you have all of the information you need and are registered (if it’s required), you’ll want to display proper etiquette. Here are some tips for maximizing your car show experience.

-Show up on time- When you’re heading out to a car show, especially a large one, you want to make sure you’re on time. Running late will result in a lot of frustration, for you, and the organizers, and will most likely land you in a poor location.

-Take one spot- We know you are proud of your vehicle and want to show it off, but it is important to take one spot and not spill over into other people’s areas.

-Don’t leave until the show is over- Leaving early not only looks bad, but it is also dangerous to spectators. If you absolutely have to leave early, make sure to speak to a staff member about your situation when you arrive so that they can position you nearest an exit.

-Be kind to the staff- Most car shows are staffed by volunteers. Things can get hectic and the staff may not know the answers to all of your questions- be courteous and if you need more help, ask for the show director.  

-Stay calm- It can be hard not to get upset when someone touches your car after you’ve spent hours waxing and polishing it to make it look perfect. Not all spectators understand this, so politely let them know that your car means a lot to you and you would rather them just look.

-Be respectful- Everyone has different tastes and budgets, so if the vehicle next to you doesn’t have perfect paint or the style isn’t for you, keep it to yourself. It’s best to offer constructive criticism and sound advice, rather than to insult someone’s hard work.

-No racing- Racing in the areas surrounding the car show before, during, or after it, brings you, and the show, the wrong kind of attention. It’s a quick way to get a ticket, or even get kicked out.

-Keep in mind that you are a guest of the car show and what you do at the venue ultimately reflects the shows coordinators. Relax, be patient, be respectful, and have fun!

Also, if you are traveling to a show and need to stay in a hotel for the weekend, you’ll want to make sure your car is protected.  By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you’ll know within seconds of a theft and can easily connect to a 911 operator closest to the car. It is especially perfect for cars without security systems.

Now that you know general car show etiquette and how to keep your vehicle safe, it’s time to find some shows in your area. We’ve always liked the Good Guys shows which happen all over the country. Check out their website to find the one closest to you.

TECH TIP: The T3 Owner can change their secret PIN anytime they wish. T3 will only act on commands that have the owners secret 5-digit PIN.

Tips For Staying Cool On Your Motorcycle

As temperatures climb, riding your motorcycle become uncomfortable and in some cases, even unsafe. It is important to find ways to keep cool on the road when the sun is beating down. Here are some tips for staying cool during the hot months.

Stay hydrated! Drinking enough water is always important, but when you’re riding your motorcycle, the hot air constantly blowing on you will dehydrate you quickly. Keep a water bottle with you while you’re on the road and stop at least once an hour to refill it and hydrate. A camelback is also a good idea- you can fill it with half water and half ice to keep you cool for long rides. And keep in mind, when it comes to hydration, water is the best option. Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not hydrate you.

Keep yourself covered. It may sound strange to wear more clothing when it is hot out, but when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. Wear breathable, ventilated, loose gear with moisture wicking material to keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme conditions, dampen your clothing for some relief. You could also wear a wet bandana around your neck or sport a cooling vest to keep your core cool.

Protect your motorcycle. Another way to stay cool while riding in the heat is to keep the sun from heating up your bike. Placing a piece of sheepskin, wool side out, on the seat will help. Also, place a white towel on the seat when you’re not riding. It is also a good idea to cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.

Avoid high heat. During the hot Summer months, it is usually hottest between noon and 5:00pm. If you can, try to avoid riding during these hours.

Staying cool in the heat is a serious matter. Overheating is dangerous and potentially deadly. As you are riding you may dismiss or not even notice some of the early warning signs of dehydration, like headaches, cramping, or slight dizziness. Make sure to stop frequently and allow yourself to cool down and rehydrate.

TECH TIP: T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

 

Family Road Trip Tips

Family Road Trip Tips

Summer is a great time to hit the road with your family to see some new sights, visit loved ones, or just get away for a bit. Traveling with little ones can be difficult, so here are some tips for easing stress and making it more enjoyable.

  1. Packing for a trip is a massive undertaking, especially when the whole family is going. To make it easier, make packing lists for each member of the family this way the kids can help gather their own belongings and have some say in the clothes they bring. The lists will also make repacking at the end of the trip easier and help to ensure nothing gets left behind. You can also store these lists on your computer for future trips!
  2. If you are planning to make any overnight stops on the way to your final destination, pack a small suitcase for the whole family with everything you need for that night and clothing for the next morning. This way you only have to bring one bag in, instead of everything you packed for the whole trip.
  3. Bring some plastic grocery bags along for trash and wet or dirty clothes. They’re also good incase someone gets carsick.
  4. Bring along pillows for car naps and comfort in hotels along the way.
  5. Pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks to keep kids happy and cut down on unnecessary stops.
  6. It’s a good idea to look at your planned route on a map to get an idea of when you may need to stop for bathroom breaks, meals, and even just stretching your legs. Be sure to combine gassing up with previous planned stops so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting.
  7. Does anyone in your family have asthma or allergies? Before you head out, run the AC in your vehicle with the windows open for about ten minutes. This will get rid of mold and dust mites.
  8. To keep kids busy in the backseat (and cut down on mess), get each of them a cheap metal cookie sheet. These make great lap desks and food trays. They’re also magnetic so kids can even learn with magnetic letters and numbers while on the road.
  9. If you plan to drive through the night to cut down on traffic and get to your destination faster glow sticks and book lights will make the trip a little more fun for the little people with you, as well as give them the ability to read or color at night without distracting the driver.
  10. Make sure all of your identification and vehicle paperwork is up to date- drivers license, registration, insurance, inspection, etc. You could be hit with a rather large ticket if you get pulled over in another state.

Family vacations are fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Make sure you’re prepared for your time on the road with the tips above. Also be sure your car is ready for the road with these tips.

Road trips are the perfect time to make sure your car is protected with a T3 Tracker. You don’t want to get halfway to your destination and then have your car stolen overnight. The T3 can give you peace of mind and ensure your trip goes smoothly.

TECH TIP: If a the vehicle has an existing alarm system, T3 can sense if it has been triggered and will send notification to the owner.

The T3- More Than Just An Anti-theft Device

On top of being a one of a kind anti-theft device, the T3 Tracker can also help you through a number of everyday situations. It will simplify your life, reduce stress, and give you peace of mind for less than $10 per month.

Here are some ways that the T3 can help in everyday situations:

-With the T3 you can keep tabs on your teenage drivers or aging parents without distracting them with a call or text. The device allows the owner to check the vehicle’s location and direction.

-It can be difficult to time dinner so it is ready when your partner gets home from work, especially when traffic is involved. With the T3 you can check on their progress without interrupting their concentration.

-When you drop your car off at the shop to get serviced, they usually give you an estimate of how long it will take- but things can happen and times can change. With the T3 you can see when the technician does a road test which usually means your car will be done soon. This way you can be productive while you’re waiting without wasting time.

-Do you have a teenager learning how to drive? If you’re worried about them taking the car out without permission or while you’re not at home, the T3 allows you to disable the starter. This way you don’t have to worry.

-Have you ever locked your keys in the car? It can be difficult to get AAA or other help immediately. With the T3, you can open your doors in just seconds.

-If you have a car that doesn’t get driven very often, you may worry about the battery running low. Thankfully with the T3, it won’t be a surprise as you’ll get a notification telling you when the battery is low.

-It can be worrisome when older relatives get in the car after a holiday dinner and have a long drive home in the dark. With a T3 installed on their vehicle you’ll be able to track their progress and see that their car has arrived home safely. You get peace of mind without bothering them with a phone call.

-Do you have family members taking a road trip? While they’re away, track their progress with the T3.

-AND — T3 is ready 24/7 to protect you, your family members, and your vehicle if there is an emergency. If your vehicle is stolen, moves without authorization, or is involved in an accident, T3 notifies you and your emergency contacts and can connect you directly to the 911-Operator located nearest the vehicle.

With the T3 you can not only protect your car from theft, but also keep track of your vehicle and loved ones in a safe, non-intrusive way. For more information on the T3 visit our website.

TECH TIP: The T3 owner can add, change, or delete the phone numbers for their authorized emergency contacts at anytime.